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  Topic : [Problem]MSIE/Google searches affected by DeviceVM Browser Configuration Utility New Topic
Craig
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Posted:4/18/2010 2:31:00 AM # 1
Problem:  My MSIE browser's autosearch results returned a slightly odd-looking Google search results page.  There seemed no way to fix this via MSIE's settings.  (Note:  "autosearch" refers to doing a search by typing search keywords into the browser's address box rather than by typing the words into the separate search box or into a search page query field.)

This seemed related to registry entries that seemed to force a custom search engine setting like "http://www.google.com/custom?client=pub-3794288947762788&forid=1&channel=5369970905&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&safe=active&cof=GALT%3A%23008000%3BGL%3A1%3BDIV%3A%23336699%3BVLC%3A663399%3BAH%3Acenter%3BBGC%3AFFFFFF%3BLBGC%3A336699%3BALC%3A0000FF%3BLC%3A0000FF%3BT%3A000000%3BGFNT%3A0000FF%3BGIMP%3A0000FF%3BFORID%3A1&hl=en&q={searchTerms}"

Solution: 

It appears that my Asus P7P55D-E Premium motherboard might have come with DeviceVM software including both their Splashtop product (rebranded as Asus Express Gate) and their Browser Configuration Utility.  (The alternative hypothesis is that the latter came with my Gigabyte graphic card, but that seems unlikely.)

Regardless of where it came from, using Windows' normal "Add or remove programs" control panel utility to uninstall the Browser Configuration Utility appears to have fixed the problem.  It also seems to have restored the normal Windows MSIE ability to let the settings for its searchbox dictate the search engine used for address box autosearch purposes.

Comment:  FWIW, I'm am wary of 3rd party software from companies whose offices are primarily in PRChina (even though DeviceVM lists San Jose, California as their HQ location), given that PRChina's government seems to support Chinese hacking of things in the US and given that PRChina seems the source of a lot of spam and spyware.  I can't help but imagine that something that interferes with my browser could be (or later become) spyware, even if its real motivation could potentially be something commercial like (a) altering my autosearches to look like an intermediary to a search engine like Google so that a referral-fee portion of Google's ad revenues from my searches gets paid to a 3rd party like DeviceVM or Asus or (b) allowing a 3rd party intermediate and see everything I autosearch for (as MS used to do in its older versions of MSIE even when Google was set as the autosearch search engine).

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